Martin Furr named the Adelaide C. Riggs Chair in Equine Medicine at Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va., March 30, 2004 – Martin Furr of Leesburg, Va., associate professor of medicine in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, was named the Adelaide C. Riggs Chair in Equine Medicine by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors during the board’s spring meeting March 29.

The Adelaide C. Riggs Chair in Equine Medicine was established to recognize and reward an outstanding faculty member at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine’s Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Va.

A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 1991, Furr has been active in professional and graduate student instruction. A Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM), he has supervised and trained 11 ACVIM Diplomate candidates, and has been the major professor for seven master’s thesis candidates. Furr has served as the fourth year veterinary student rotations coordinator for 11 years.

Furr also has been successful in receiving research support, having been an investigator on 23 projects in the past 16 years and attracting more than $830,000 in research support. He has published more than 90 scientific articles, papers and abstracts, and written six book chapters. In 1997, his research was responsible for developing and testing a new drug for Equine Protozoal Myelitis, which currently has an international market.

Furr received his DVM degree from Oklahoma State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) is a two-state, three-campus professional school operated by the land-grant universities of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and the University of Maryland at College Park. Its flagship facilities, based at Virginia Tech, include the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which treats more than 40,000 animals annually. Other campuses include the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Va., and the Avrum Gudelsky Veterinary Center at College Park, home of the Center for Government and Corporate Veterinary Medicine. The VMRCVM annually enrolls approximately 500 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and graduate students, is a leading biomedical and clinical research center, and provides professional continuing education services for veterinarians practicing throughout the two states.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech has grown to become the largest university in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Virginia Tech’s eight colleges are dedicated to putting knowledge to work through teaching, research, and outreach activities, and to fulfilling its vision to be among the top 30 research universities in the nation. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg, and other campus centers in northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls 28,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 170 academic degree programs.